WRGB Lures New Meteorologist Away From Competitor
Published January 22nd, 2017
Former WNYT Meteorologist Glen Dimple.
ALBANY — Glen Dimple’s stay at WNYT didn’t last long.
Hired just last week as the station’s 39th meteorologist, Dimple was scooped up Friday by WRGB after completely blowing his forecast on the severity of last week’s ice storm — which did not, at all, turn out to be the apocalyptic weather event Dimple predicted.
“Steve LaPointe’s record of total and complete forecasting accuracy these last few years combined with his skill and mastery of the Doppler has, quite frankly, been unsettling,” said WRGB ombudsman Joe Cocker. “As such, we thought it was time we bring in someone who could inspire the kind of uncertainty and skepticism that most viewers expect from a local television weather forecast. We believe Glen Dimple is the man to do just that.”
Dimple — who came to Albany from Syracuse where he was known for his command of, and precision with, lake-effect snow models — said he’s perplexed by his newfound trouble in predicting the weather.
“It’s just a two-hour trip east along the Thruway, but the move from Syracuse to Albany has been a bigger adjustment than I anticipated,” said Dimple. “Maybe it’s the change in sea level…”
Nonetheless, for Dimple, one of the fastest rising stars on the East Coast in the local television news weather game, his incompetence has resulted in a substantial windfall.
“Somehow, I always land on my feet, even when I fall flat on my face,” said Dimple. “It’s been that way ever since I was a kid. I feel bad about blowing that ice-storm report. But hey, I got a pretty fat new contract out of it, so the skies in my world are pretty damn sunny right now.”